Microsoft Takes gaming to new level

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft wants to invade your living room. The software company is betting that its new video game controller, now called Kinect but previously known as Project Natal, will appeal to families ready to graduate from the Wii.

Kinect recognizers users' gestures and voice. This means they can say "pause" or "play" instead of reaching for the remote when watching a movie. And they can play video games without a controller.

If it takes off, Kinect could add tens of millions of customers to Microsoft's entertainment and devices business. The segment hasn't been a big moneymaker for Microsoft. In 2009 it amounted to less than 1 percent of the company's overall operating income.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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